A panel shares their experiences and lessons learned in turning an underrepresented neighborhood into a green and healthy community using LEED-ND v4 and EcoDistricts approaches. The discussion will include resiliency, issues of self-sufficiency, and community process along with creating design guidelines and developing programs to support a sustainable community.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the similarities and difference between LEED ND v4 and EcoDistricts and discover ways the rating systems can complement each other and be used within a neighborhood to foster sustainable development.
  • Produce design guidelines and use as a tool to incorporate LEED ND v4 prerequisites and targeted credits, including key Neighborhood Pattern and Design credits (Walkable Streets, Connected and Open Community) and Green Infrastructure and Buildings credits (Building Energy Performance, Indoor Water Use Reduction, and Heat Island Reduction) in order to ensure that all future development within the project boundary will meet the LEED ND requirements.
  • Promote safe, healthy, and accessible neighborhoods by meeting the requirements of credits such as the LEED ND v4 SLL Access to Quality Transit credit and Bicycle Facilities credit as well as the NPD Connected and Open Community credit and Walkable Streets credit and learn how Boston’s Vision Zero Plan and the Neighborhood Slow Streets Initiative played a role in achieving these credits.
  • Engage and create neighborhood partnerships by meeting the LEED ND v4 NPD credit Community Outreach and Involvement, and develop programs that can improve the community’s safety and quality of life.